The Regional Municipality Of York


Get outdoors and visit your local farmers’ market

Bake this Harvest Muffin recipe with locally grown ingredients

Newmarket – York Region remains a destination of choice for food production. In York Region, there’s some 700 farms and that’s part of the reason why York Regional Council is committed to protecting agricultural and natural heritage lands.

York Region farms play an important role in the local economy and ability to provide healthy food and resources to our growing and diverse population. Many of York Region’s local farm families have worked the land for 150 years or more.

Did you know carrots, sweet corn, dry onions, celery and Chinese cabbage are the five largest vegetable crops? This harvest season pick up some locally grown ingredients and create some deliciously nutritious meals at home. This Harvest Muffin recipe uses locally grown carrots and apples that not only tastes great, but supports our local farm families.

Farm to table graphicInspired by this recipe? Visit your local farmer’s market and pick up a Farm Fresh map to discover and visit local farms, or participate in the Passport to Fresh contest and meet our farmers keeping things local.

Use #PassportToFresh and #loveyr to share your adventures and keep up-to-date on York Farm Fresh news by signing up to the newsletter here.

About York Farm Fresh

Founded in 2017 York Farm Fresh is a non-profit organization uniting farmers, farmer’s markets, small food processors as well as other stakeholders who care about food produced in York Region. York Farm Fresh exists to connect customers and community to York Region grown local food, beverage and products at farms, farmers markets and farm experiences by joint marketing, promotion and education initiatives with a goal to increase revenue for members.

About York Region’s Commitment to Agriculture

In 2001 The Region established the York Region Agricultural Advisory Liaison Group. Further, in 2017 York Regional Council endorsed an Agriculture and Agri-food strategy to inform future policy development, initiatives and resource allocation decisions. Today there are 3,578 full-time equivalent jobs in primary agricultural production and 57,000 jobs in the full agri-food sector in York Region.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contacts:

Nancy La Neve, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71226
Cell: 289-716-9605

Tammi Taylor, Coordinator, York Farm Fresh

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